Yep, nearly there ! Today was seat day. Rear cowl fitted easily enough. I was struggling to find the pre drilled holes for the side strip bolts but I persevered . The side strips make a big difference to the overall look. This is without;
Cheers guys Pleased with how it's looking. Another part I need to look at is the petrol cap. Mine is an original cap but the chrome is worn. You can get pattern caps for around £17, but they are a bit flimsy compared to original (although perfectly usable). I dont want the expense of rechroming, so might experiment with a different finish. I'm toying with the idea of a satin black finish, possibly Cerakote. Not sure how it would look black, so might spray it first to get an idea. Rear light will be the last job to get it cosmetically finished
Thanks guys. Always wanted to build another aircooled, but never thought I would, until Alex gifted me the frame. It's been nice to do a twin shock bike, keeping side panels and autolube, especially as my last 2 aircooleds have been monoshock, so I feel I've gone all the way back to 86 and my original 400e ! I've just the 2 bikes in my garage now, but between them they sum up everything I love about Yamaha 2 strokes from the 80's
Hi Gaz I could use a pattern cap - cheap enough and they are ok. I had one on the 430e (fitted by the previous owner) and it's good enough, but the metal isn't as sturdy as the original. I did consider Chrome effect Cerakote, but wondered what a black cap would look like ? Again, just a detail change from standard. Might look awful, hence a coat of rattle can first and then see how it looks. I wouldn't go to the expense of rechroming tbh, the pattern caps are a fraction of the rechroming cost, so if it stays bright, I will go with a pattern version
Cracking job and thread, thanks for sharing Dusty.
RD 350 LC - 1982 - bounty like my bike in the 80's, finally got an original UK one. 31K/Aprilia RS hybrid - ex Yogi and Muttsnuts bike - my first hybrid Recent build of 1983 31k LC2 in French Blue Triumph Street Triple R (sorry!)
Cheers guys Alan, I'm good thanks, hope you are too I was up your way a couple of weeks back - Otterburn in Northumberland. Some fantastic roads up there for bikes And yea, the 400 would look good parked next to the Lc
Hi Alan Had a walk around part of Kielder reservoir - stunning place. 27 miles to go all the way around though !! If I sell it I will let you know !! Gave the pet cap a quick coat of black paint to see if it would look ok;
That would work I think. A satin Cerakote would look good - I only had a gloss rattle can in the shed but a satin finish would match the c**kpit area better I think. Will go back to chrome for the time being as Jamie, my Cerakoting guy has had a shoulder op and is taking it easy for a few weeks.
I'm getting through the last little jobs now. Front brakes are bled - took about an hour all in, thanks in part to the small fluid reservoir that needed refilling constantly to get the system full. Oil pump is bled and supplying oil to the inlets on the billet intakes - the intakes on the carbs are blanked off so it's easier if/when the carbs come off. I've managed to fit a really neat brake pedal return spring which is tucked nicely out of the way. That took some thought as I wanted to use a really inconspicuous spring, but got there in the end ! Last bit of wiring was the tail light. I wanted to hide the wires as much as possible from view, but still needed to allow the seat to open without compromising the tail light loom. Got that sorted now too. I had to adjust the tick over as the slides were all the way down. Easy on the right side carb, but meant removing the carb so I could get to the slide adjustment screw on the left carb ! Not really an issue with pod filters, but I may need to tweak it a fraction more. Then it's bleed the back brake and it's finished ! Did a quick vid. The pipes are much louder in real life !!;
Yea, planning a run up the road once I've had time to sort the rear brake Another small part turned up yesterday. When I bought the tank off ebay, it didn't have a petrol cap, but it did have the little pin that the cap latches onto to lock it it place. I never took much notice of it until the paintwork came back from Mark. I dug it out of a drawer to refit it and thought "that dont look right ?"
Yep, a wire nail !! Did the job perfectly, being the right diameter, but obviously that wasn't gonna stay on my bike ! Yamaha part is NLA, but a fella on ebay has machined a few up in stainless, with the correct "e" clip to secure it;